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To Do In Baltimore: The Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre

I am so happy for this warm Maryland weather. It seemed like winter was holding on for dear life, but she is gone! Warm weather means sundress season, beaches, and amusement parks. For our family, it also means drive-in season!  Continue reading “To Do In Baltimore: The Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre”

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Toddler Chia Pudding + Product Review

Some days, I don’t know if it’s worse raising a picky eater or being married to one. My McNugget is not adventurous with new foods…at all. We really have to dramatize each bite of our own food to get him to try the smallest piece of something. Strangely enough, he loves chicken, smoothies, and chia pudding. I really didn’t expect for him to like it when he shoved my spoon in his mouth one night, but he did. Now, he signs for it whenever I eat it. 

Since I am not always in a sharing mood, I began giving him his own pudding. This also allows me to sneak in some of his least favorite foods. Here’s a basic recipe I’ve been following, along with some mix-ins/toppings I add for him.

 

Toddler chia pudding recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 pureed banana for sweetener

2 cups milk of your choice. We use breastmilk or whatever non-dairy milk we have.

 

-Add the chia seeds and pureed banana to a bowl. Mix well.  Add the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener and mix again

-Add the milk and mix again.

-Add any additional ingredients (listed below) and mix well.

-Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

 

Optional serving suggestions:

Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add an extra 1/2 pureed banana and frozen strawberries

Omit pureed banana and add pureed vegetables with seasoning of your choice

 

a188d6b746eec53601957f12fbfc6468d96c0defSince my family is always moving, we needed a to-go option for his pudding and smoothies. When we received* the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches, they were right on time. First, they are indeed cute! I love the little cartoon fruit on the package. While these pouches are made to be reusable, we treat them like disposables. They are very durable and are super easy to use. There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how much the pouches could actually hold, but it was a breeze once we got used to it. My son LOVES showing off his big kid skills with food pouches, so I love that he can eat directly from them. Although this product was sent to us for free, it is a product my husband and I plan to repurchase and keep on our Amazon shopping list. If you’re looking for durable food storage pouches for your homemade baby food, you can purchase a 4-pack here.

 

 

 

 

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MAMBI Create 365 Happy Planner GIVEAWAY!

I recently shared my new obsession with Blitsy.com. If there is one thing I love as much as Blitsy right now, it’s my Happy Planner. Well, during one of Blitsy’s recent sales, I picked up an awesome Happy Planner with the intent to give it away to one of my wonderful readers. If you’re already into glam planning or simply want to get more organized this year, you’ll definitely want to enter this contest. Continue reading “MAMBI Create 365 Happy Planner GIVEAWAY!”

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Tai’s Favorite Oils

If you’re a kinky-curly natural girl like myself, you use a lot of oils. Not only do I use oil in my hair, but I use some oils for moisturizing my skin and for cooking. This past month, I have either purchased or received* some amazing oils to meet all of these needs. Here are some of my favorites and how I use them.  Continue reading “Tai’s Favorite Oils”

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I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award

Big news! I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Simonee of Tea Time MomContinue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award”

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Demo: How I Straighten My Natural Kinky, Curly 4A Hair

In this video, I am taming my mane with the assistance of two heat-styling tools I recently purchased. I used the Infiniti Pro by Conair Hair Designer 3-in-1 Styling System with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Strip to blow dry and the Hair Art H3000 to flat iron.

 

If you would like to purchase either of the items in the video, please find the purchase links* below:

Infiniti Pro by Conair Hair Designer 3-in-1 Styling System with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Strip 

HairArt H3000 Tourmaline Ceramic Straightening Iron, 1 3/8″ 

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My New Obsession, Blitsy!

I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I am a DIY/crafty type of girl. My favorite crafts are crocheting, scrapbooking, and sewing. Most recently, I have fallen in love with glam planning. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it, so you know it’s real. Continue reading “My New Obsession, Blitsy!”

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My Favorite Biodegradable Exfoliating Cleansers

If you care about your skincare routine, you probably have an opinion about the impending ban on microbeads. I love that these microbeads are being banned because they do not dissolve and may pose a threat to the environment. However, some ladies are a bit frantic because their staple cleansers won’t be around anymore. Well, fret not. I have pulled together a list of my favorite natural exfoliants. I have purchased each of these products within the last year and have LOVED each of them.

Continue reading “My Favorite Biodegradable Exfoliating Cleansers”

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Product Review: Hair Art H3000 & Conair Infinity Pro Dryer

In this quick video, I’m reviewing two products I use to straighten my natural hair.  Continue reading “Product Review: Hair Art H3000 & Conair Infinity Pro Dryer”

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Fall Favorites

Fall is officially over.

While most people start thinking about winter the day after Thanksgiving, I’m one who likes to ride with fall until its official end. There may be a little bias because I’m a fall baby, but it’s my favorite season. I love Sweet potato and Pumpkin flavored everything. I enjoy the crisp fall air. I love the fun fall colors. I also LOVE the bold fall recipes. Somehow, I have managed to narrow down my list of favorites from the past few months. Continue reading “Fall Favorites”

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Homecoming Looks for the Day and Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As much as I love Christmas, autumn will always be my favorite time of year. My favorite holidays, pumpkin spice mania, and my birthday all happen this season. Additionally, it’s homecoming season! Continue reading “Homecoming Looks for the Day and Night”

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How One Woman Emailed Her Way To A Perfect Shade Of Foundation

As I have mentioned a few times in my previous posts, I am in a number of awesome Facebook groups. One of those groups is a makeup group for black women. We share tips, product reviews, and looks of the day…among many other things. This group is important for us because it’s not always easy for us to find products that flatter our features and complexions. For many women of color, a lack of such products can be a deal breaker. Recently, a member of the makeup group shared her awesome experience with Ocean Mist Cosmetics regarding that very issue. Continue reading “How One Woman Emailed Her Way To A Perfect Shade Of Foundation”

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Fall For These Three Fall Soups

Fall began yesterday! I am super excited because it’s my favorite season of the year I may be a little biased, since my birthday fall in this season. Nevertheless, there are so many reasons to love fall (outside of pumpkin spiced everything). A few of my favorite things about fall are soup, bisque, and chili! I just had to share my excitement with you all, so here are a few of my favorite recipes!  Continue reading “Fall For These Three Fall Soups”

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My Updated Skincare Routine

Skincare is super important to me. Although I care deeply about my skincare, I don’t have a lot of time to worry about it. I have to get through my skincare AND daily makeup routine in less than 10 minutes. In case you’re curious, here’s exactly what I use: Continue reading “My Updated Skincare Routine”

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Thousands of Disney Fanatics Are Doing This. Me, Too!

Whoa.

This morning after midnight, I knocked something else off of my bucket list. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to look up #Disney on Twitter. Lo and behold, the search for next year’s Disney Parks Moms Panel has commenced. Continue reading “Thousands of Disney Fanatics Are Doing This. Me, Too!”

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When Being ‘Crunchy’ and Black Gets Tough

We all know a few moms who are a bit “crunchy,” as it’s often called. They live natural lifestyles and have natural solutions to parenting. They breastfeed their children–past six months. They buy amber teething necklaces. They wear their babies everywhere they go. If you don’t know one personally, you’ve probably seen a few at your favorite organic markets. Oh yeah, they aren’t all white women. Continue reading “When Being ‘Crunchy’ and Black Gets Tough”

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Smarty Had a Party Shopping Review

Having a family (even if it’s just a small one right now) means many reasons to gather. Whether it’s a dinner or a birthday party, there are many times throughout the year that require party supplies. I found myself in one such situation recently–McNugget’s dedication!

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Unpopular Opinion: What If I Had Run a ‘Tough Blooder’ Like Kiran Gandhi?

So…Can we talk about Kiran Gandhi, since she’s been on ALL of my news feeds? If you aren’t familiar, she’s a woman my age who ran a marathon with her menstrual fluid running down her legs (pun intended). Continue reading “Unpopular Opinion: What If I Had Run a ‘Tough Blooder’ Like Kiran Gandhi?”

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You Can Have Soft Clothes Without Buying Fabric Softener

If you have an infant or young child like I do, fragrance-free solutions are important in your laundry routine. I am a fabric softener queen when it comes to everyone else’s laundry, but that’s not really a possibility for McNugget’s clothes. While on my search for ways to soften his clothes, I received my dryer balls from I-Gruv. Continue reading “You Can Have Soft Clothes Without Buying Fabric Softener”